Tuna Kofta


This is such an easy meal or snack to make. These decadent little balls go perfect with just about anything like rice, pasta, pita bread or fries like we do. Tuna is a not only a Najd classic to cook with but also Southern Saudis. You will even find tuna kabsa in those areas of Saudi. Tuna is extremely cheap and sure makes some great meals so go ahead and try it see how you impress your family and yourself.

2 large cans of tuna in water
2 eggs
2 slices of sandwich bread
1 tablespoon Arabic spice mix
1/2 tablespoon dried minced onion
3 garlic cloves, diced
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
sunflower oil for frying

1. In a 9-inch skillet on medium heat add enough oil to fry kofta (about 1 cup).

2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl add tuna, eggs, Arabic spice mix, onion, garlic, flour, salt and pepper. Shred bread between fingers and add into bowl. Combine mixture with hands until well mixed.

3. Shape kofta the size of golf balls and careful add into the hot oil. Cook on both sides until lightly golden. Drain on a paper towel and serve.

Yields: 4 servings

3 Responses to Tuna Kofta

  • do you think I could make these without the eggs?
    how should the bread be shredded?

  • I just added the bread in between my hands and ground it pretty much. The eggs are what hold it all together so since you do not want to cook with the egg you could try tomato paste or mayo. You can also make meatloaf with no eggs that way.

  • Could you elaborate on large can of tuna? Is that like 10 oz?

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